St. Joseph’s School
St. Joseph’s Catholic School is a private school in the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia and is a ministry of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Macon, Georgia. The school was founded in 1872 by the Sisters of Mercy and continues its rich history of providing rigorous academics in a faith filled secure environment. St Joseph’s Catholic School educates students in 2K – 6th grade and is accredited by Congnia and employs a highly qualified staff of state certified teachers.
Letter From The Principal:
As a ministry of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, our school provides our students a wealth of opportunities in the areas of faith formation and service to others. Students at our school are assisted in continuing to grow in faith and knowledge. Our students’ faith lives include:
- Weekly Mass
- Daily religion curriculum in all grades as well as Sacramental preparation in second grade
- Morning prayers and noonday blessings
- Advent and Lenten events including grade level appropriate reconciliation
- Lectoring and cantoring opportunities for students in grades 2-6
- Prayer Buddies program
- Retreat Days
- Alter server training for sixth grade students
MissionSt. Joseph’s School is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment, delivering academic excellence rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
In 1872, the pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Reverend L. X. Basin, offered the church basement to the newly formed public school system for use as classrooms. Listed at the “Fourth Street School” on public school records, St. Joseph’s began as the first unit of the public school system of Macon. Two Sisters of Mercy taught children of all faiths which we continue to do to this day.
Under the leadership of its pastor, Reverend Joseph Winkelreid, S.J., St. Joseph’s Private School was organized with four Sisters of Mercy as teachers. The old Crutchfield home located on High Street served as the school’s location. In 1953, a newly constructed school building replaced the Crutchfield home. Since then, the school has completed three additions. The first in 1981, the second in 1992 when a second story was added. Then in 2013, St. Joseph’s School built a new gymnasium with extra classroom space.
Starting with the 1995-1996 school year, the seventh and eighth grades were dropped with the students transferring to our partner school, Mount de Sales Academy. In 2004, St Joseph’s Catholic School opened a four year old preschool program with a three year old program opening in the fall of 2016. St. Joseph’s will open a 2K program in January 2021.
Located in historic downtown Macon, St. Joseph’s Catholic School continues to have a prominent place in our local community. While cherishing our rich history, St. Joseph’s Catholic School accepts the challenges of the millennium and continues to strive for excellence in education.